Global Health Working Group Webinar Series: Assisting Vulnerable Populations in Conflict Situations

In the light of the recent humanitarian conflicts around the globe, there is a call for the global community to come forward in a transdisciplinary manner to both raise awareness and serve communities and vulnerable persons suffering as a result of conflict situations. This webinar will bring together diverse perspectives of various individuals working and serving in humanitarian conflict situations from a micro-, meso- and macro- systems level. This webinar seeks to explore and plan further questions not only to facilitate the expansion of global dialogue in both response and prevention to humanitarian conflict situations.

The webinar is presented by the APRU Global Health Working Group on Humanitarian Emergencies & Health.

Date & Time

September 20 from 5-6:30 pm (Pacific Time)/ September 21 from 8-9:30 am (Hong Kong time)

View the recording here.

  • Dr. Jay Marlowe, Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies at the University of Auckland
  • Dr. Hakim Young, Medical Doctor and Health & Humanity Pathway Core Faculty, School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Ann Toh, clinician-educator for the School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Anthony Zwi, Global Health and Development, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr. Mellissa Withers, University of Southern California
Jay Marlowe
Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies, The University of Auckland
Dr. Jay Marloweis a professor of social work and co-director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies at the University of Auckland.  His research focuses on refugee studies and settlement futures related to migration policy, the role of technologies and disaster risk reduction.  In 2019 he became a Rutherford Discovery Fellow to pursue a five year research programme related to refugee settlement trajectories in an increasingly (im)mobile world.  As a social worker and former visiting fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, he has worked with refugee communities as a practitioner and researcher, publishing more than 80 peer-reviewed papers.  His most recent book is published with Routledge, entitled Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement.
Hakim Young
Medical Doctor and Health & Humanity Pathway Core Faculty, School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Dr Hakim Young (M.B.B.S, MMed Family Medicine) is a medical doctor from Singapore who has done public health, humanitarian and peace-building work in Afghanistan for 20 years. His journey and work with an Afghan peace group has helped him see the pressing importance of caring for our emotional and social health every day as an imperative to stay resilient and human. He seeks wider conversations on green, egalitarian and nonviolent alternatives to humanity’s multiple crises today. Dr Hakim Young is the 2012 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize and the 2017 recipient of the Singapore Medical Association Merit Award for contributions in social service to communities. He is collaborating with Health & Humanity Pathway Core Faculty, School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
Ann Toh
Adjunct Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Dr. Ann Toh works as a home hospice physician delivering family-centred whole person care to children with life-threatening, life-limiting illness in StarPALS, HCA Hospice Care. She also serves as a volunteer physician and advocate for vulnerable people groups. Ann serves a clinician-educator for the School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and is actively involved in shaping undergraduate curriculum in the areas of community-based education for social determinants of health, social accountability, interprofessional education and compassion training. She has initiated and continues to nurture a local community of practice on Humanism & Humanities in Healthcare and has developed an innovative educational model for service-learning using approaches grounded in Rogerian educational philosophy to nurture the next generation of compassionate healers of tomorrow. Within academia, Ann advocates for compassionate whole person care through pursuing the development of research in medical education, applied health services research & community-based patient-centred models of care.
Anthony Zwi
Professor of Global Health and Development, UNSW Sydney

Dr. Anthony Zwi grew up and was educated in South Africa. He obtained his medical degree, as well as diplomas in occupational health and in tropical medicine and hygiene, as well as a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Prior to migrating from South Africa he worked actively with progressive anti-apartheid health organisations. He studied further in the UK and completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; he also became a specialist public health physician in the UK and subsequently in the Australian system. 

He has worked extensively in international health while based at University College London, the NHS, and then the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he headed the Health Policy Unit for a number of years.  He migrated to Australia in 2001 and was appointed as the first Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW in 2002, a position he held for several years.  He is currently Professor of Global Health and Development at UNSW Sydney where he continues to teach global development, supervise PhD students, and undertake research. He is a member of the Development Practice Committee of the Australian Council for International Development (Acfid). 

Anthony has extensive international experience and has published widely in relation to interpersonal, collective and gender-based violence, global health and health systems, development policy and practice, and their interfaces with equity, social justice and human rights. He has researched with colleagues in Australia and a wide range of countries in Africa and Asia. He is committed to supporting people and systems affected by and/or recovering from disasters, crises and conflicts. He seeks to ensure that ‘interventions’ promote people’s rights and are sensitive to culture, conflict, and to rebuilding trust, social cohesion and gender equity.

Mellissa Withers (Moderator)
Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHSis Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. She is based at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She is director of the Online MPH Program. Dr Withers is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 55 universities. She received a PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, gender-based violence, immigrant health, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific (in press).

Dr. Mellissa Withers at [email protected].